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The Duchess of Dantzic is a comic opera in three acts, set in Paris, with music by Ivan Caryll and a book and lyrics by Henry Hamilton, based on the play Madame Sans-Gêne by Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau. Additional lyrics by Adrian Ross. The story concerns Napoleon I and a laundress, Catherine Üpscher, who marries Marshal Lefebvre and becomes a Duchess.

The opera was first produced in London at the Lyric Theatre on 17 October 1903 and ran for 236 performances.

Dramatis Personæ

ACT I - (1792)

CATHERINE ÜPSCHER (Known as "La Sans-Gêne") Miss Evie Greene
LISETTE
JEANNE
MATHILDE
BABETTE
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Miss Claire Greet
Miss Dorothy Tremblett
Miss Mea Winfred
Miss E. Labare
PHILIPPE, VICOMTE DE BETHUNE Mr. Lawrence Rea
CAPTAIN REGNIER (National Guard) Mr. Philip H. Bracy
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (Lieutenant of Artillery) Mr. Holbrook Blinn
SERGEANT FRANÇOIS LEFEBVRE (of the National Guard) Mr. Denis O'Sullivan
SERGEANT FLAGEOT (of the National Guard) Mr. A. J. Evelyn
PAPILLON (a Pedlar) Mr. Courtice Pounds

ACTS II AND III. - (1807)

CAROLINE MURAT Miss Kitty Gordon
  (Grand Duchess of Berg and Cleves, Sister of Napoleon)  
PAULINE, PRINCESS BORGHESE (Sister of Napoleon) Miss Violet Elliott
CATHERINE MARÉCHALE LEFEBVRE (Madame Sans-Gêne) Miss Evie Greene
RENÉE DE SAINT MÉZARD (an Imperial Ward) Miss Adrienne Augarde
MME. DE BEAUFFREMONT (of the Imperial Court) Miss Mabel Lorrell
MME. DE CHATEL (of the Imperial Court) Miss Mina Green
LISETTE (Maréchale Lefebvre's Maid) Miss Claire Greet
NAPOLEON I. (Emperor of the French) Mr. Holbrook Blinn
COMTE DE NARBONNE (a Courtier) Mr. Barry Neame
M. D'ALÉGRE (Chamberlain to the Grand Duchess of Berg) Mr. Philip H. Bracy
ADHÉMAR, VICOMTE DE BETHUNE Mr. Lawrence Rea
PAPILLON (Court Milliner) Mr. Courtice Pounds

MIDI Files

Act I   -   La Sans-Gêne's Laundry in the Rue Royale, Paris.

Act II   -   Gardens of the Palace of Fontainebleau.

Act III - Scene I   -   Les Tuileries - Apartments of the Maréchale Lefebvre.

Act III - Scene II   -   Les Tuileries - The Throne Room.


External Links
Vocal Score at MUSOPEN
The Duchess of Dantzic at Wikipedia
The Duchess of Dantzic at The Guide to Musical Theatre
The Duchess of Dantzic at Stage Beauty

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